With the start of the stamping press at the Zwickau plant, Volkswagen will cut 9,000 truck parts deliveries for its electric vehicles.
This volume corresponds to 16% of the direct traffic by heavy goods vehicles for the transport of body parts to this site. This operation will result in an annual saving of 5,800 tonnes of CO2 and the creation of 60 jobs on site.
The new workshop covers 8,400 m2. Its construction cost 74 million euros, including 23 dedicated to the erection of a high-bay warehouse (30 m high) for logistics. The latter is equipped with an automatic stacking line.
At the heart of the newly inaugurated extension: a 180-tonne Schuler XL baler that Volkswagen describes as ” one of the most modern in the automotive industry “. It has a force of 6,900 tonnes spread over 5 floors.
This equipment displays imposing dimensions: L x W x H = 92 x 22 x12 m. Every day, 10,800 press strokes can be performed with excellent precision.
From now on, all body parts, including opening elements (doors, tailgates, etc.), will be available on site for electric vehicles produced in Zwickau. Previously, some came from other factories of the group, including Wolfsburg and Emden.
As of next year, around 30 million body parts would be made using the new press. Against 20 million so far on average. The site has 1,700 robots, many of which will be busy assembling the newly stamped parts locally.